Friday, June 24, 2011

We Have A Sitter!

It's funny watching your child grow up. One moment they weigh six pounds, wear diapers the size of a playing card, and sleep 23 hours a day...

Blink your eyes and they're smiling at you, giggling, reaching for things and rolling around!

Take a deep breath and then all of the sudden:


Yeah Mom- I can sit up. Pretty awesome huh?

As we were packing for our beach trip (more on that later) I decided to set Bean on the floor and see how she did sitting without her boppy. As you can see- it was a success! I had to sit her up and she just hung out for about 10 minutes before toppling over! It really is so amazing to watch your babies do new things. Of course I ran for the camera.

Would you like to share my shoe?

No? Ok... I'll just eat it myself.
Notice the little bruise on the right side of her forehead- someone took a nose-dive off the bed.)

Since she could sit up, we decided to see how she did in a high chair at dinner:
She looked CUTE as can be- but not sure she's quite ready for that yet. We'll get there! I'm okay with her not growing up too fast!!

Mommy: Get me out!!!!

Wherever we go- Bailey is a hit. She had about 5 servers at Cracker Barrell fawning over her and telling us just how cute she is! All we can say is, "I know!" Although I do freak out a little bit when strangers touch her... ick.

A Little Bit of Little Bit

It's funny how becoming a parent completely consumes your life. I sit down so excited to upload pictures from my camera and realize- there isn't a single picture of ANYTHING but BAILEY. Which is great! But I'm afraid I might be neglecting everything else. Matt and I have decided we're finally going to go on a date! It's only been about 7 months since our last outing together without Bailey, so it's about time. Now to just manage to coordinate with a sitter :).

Summer is in full swing around these parts! Around the end of May Bailey finally started wearing 3-6 month clothing! Yay progress :) She is such a happy baby all the time- it really is impossible not to take pictures of her constantly.
I promise when wefinally go on our date we'll document it!


"Grammy please, It's my time in the spotlight"

We also have a new development in the eating department- she used to be so dainty and cute. She would get a teeny bit of food on her face, maybe a bit running down her chin. Not anymore...

Eating has become a full fledged war zone! She blows raspberries, sticks her hands in her mouth, spits it out, and then rubs it everywhere! Her pretty white bib- not so pretty or white anymore. Most days I either stand to the side, or put on grubby clothes to feed her now! Can't have carrots staining my work pants :) lol.

I swear this little girl has the life...

Thursday, June 9, 2011


We take naps seriously around these parts :)

On Motherhood...

Some days being a mom is all unicorns and rainbows. Your baby is smiley and perfect, you get to shower, your hair is done, makeup on, and you get to smile and watch your precious little one learn something new (like pushing the buttons on her new favorite toy). Bathtime is full of songs and splashing and the snuggles are perfect.

Other days... it's a little different. You walk out the door with wet hair, walk back in to a couch full of clean laundry that's been there for almost 2 weeks, trip over baby toys, dirty diaper 'sausage' by the door, dinner is a box of mac n cheese or cold cereal, your baby has pooped out of their diaper and clothes three times that day, running on zero sleep, have bags under your eyes the size of Texas, and no matter what you do... nothing will calm your poor teething baby.

Motherhood has its ups and downs. If every moment was as euphoric as gazing into my daughter's eyes for the first time... I might just explode. And if every moment involved being covered in spit-up and baby poop... I might just explode. But every moment is perfect. There are more than enough smiles and giggles to get you through the screaming and nights with no sleep.

I look into her little eyes and all I can do is tear up and say, "Thank you, thank you for making me a Mother."

Mother's Day this year was a little different. The last few years have been hard. I have spent Mother's Day mourning the loss of my own mother and focusing on the "maybe's" and "what if's". What if I stayed home from school? What if I just agreed with her when I was a teenager? What if I hadn't forgotten her last birthday? Maybe we could have had a better relationship. Maybe I would have stayed home with her the last few months and we could have mended the few arguments we did have. Maybe... maybe... maybe.

Unfortunatley, nobody has invented a time machine... and we must live with the decisions we make. Finally... this year on Mother's Day, instead of worrying about dids or didn'ts- I got to really focus on the true meaning of the day. What it meant to BE a mother.

Giving birth doesn't make you a mother. Although in most instances, it's one step in many to becoming a parent. Women become mothers in all different ways. I had the priviledge of being able to carry and deliver a beautiful baby girl. I may not have called it a priviledge when I was 37 weeks pregnant, on bedrest, and miserable from head to toe. But in hindsight... it is the biggest blessing I have ever received. There isn't another moment in life when the veil between this world and the next is so thin- I truly felt my Heavenly Father's presense the moment I held my little Bailey in my arms.

"Do the best you can through these years, but whatever else you do, cherish that role that is so uniquely yours and for which heaven itself sends angels to watch over you and your little ones. Husbands—especially husbands—as well as Church leaders and friends in every direction, be helpful and sensitive and wise. Remember, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.”

Mothers, we acknowledge and esteem your faith in every footstep. Please know that it is worth it then, now, and forever...

...It is clear that some of those Rhode Island–sized shadows come not just from diapers and carpooling but from at least a few sleepless nights spent searching the soul, seeking earnestly for the capacity to raise these children to be what God wants them to be. Moved by that kind of devotion and determination, may I say to mothers collectively, in the name of the Lord, you are magnificent. You are doing terrifically well. The very fact that you have been given such a responsibility is everlasting evidence of the trust your Father in Heaven has in you."
-Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, "Because She Is A Mother"

There will always be good days and bad days, no matter what we try to do in life. Motherhood is full of ups and downs, but the reward is so phenomenal. I am so grateful for my princess and the wonderful opportunity she gave me to be a Mommy.

I pray I can live up to my own mothers amazing example and make lots of wonderful memories for Bailey to have as she gets bigger. I can't wait for the decades of mothers days to come!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Ok... Who's Sprinking My Kid With Miracle Grow?

I swear when I'm at work Matt is sprinkling Bailey with Miracle Grow!

Who is this girl who can hold her own bottle? My baby is way too little to do that!

It's really ironic how quicly Bailey has started growing into a little person. Pregnancy goes by SO SLOW and all you can do is just wait and wait for your little baby to get here. Now all I want is for time to SLLOOOOOOOW down!!! I want to enjoy her being a baby for as long as possible.

The Bean loves her Jumparoo! :) She's still too little to reach the ground, so we have to put a pillo under her, but she loves to jump and play. She can finally reach some of the toys to her mouth- so she is happy as can be *for a little while*. She still loves to be held and played with most of the time- which is a-ok with Mommy & Daddy!

And the newest development *drum roll please*

SITTING UP! She can't do it on her own yet, she needs a boppy or something to prop her up, but can we say BIG GIRL!? Oh my gosh Mommy is not ready for this. But doesn't she look so stinking cute sitting up like that?

Poor girl was so so tired. What she really needed was to go to bed. But bedtime seems to be on her terms lately- so she was awake.

Sitting! See what I mean about Miracle Grow? My Bean isn't a helpless little blob of cuteness anymore. Instead she's a toy eating, drooling, teething, smiling, laughing ray of sunshine that is getting huge right before my eyes! (Well, at 12 pounds 'huge' is a relative term, but it feels like it!)

Nom nom nom... muching on toys!

And crash. She can sit for about 1-2 minutes- maybe, with help. So it's not long before she topples right over. This is her, "Umm... Mom, can you help me up please. The pictures are getting a bit ridiculous" Face.

I love this little booger so much it's amazing! I am loving each new stage and trying to savor all the little moments and 'firsts' I get to experience with my sweet girlie. I LOVE being a Mommy!

5 Months!

I have a 5 month old?! Are you kidding me?When did this happen and how do we make time slow down??Has anyone figured this out yet?

Bailey is such a happy sweet little girl!

She is almost always happy and has started having laughing fits! They are my favorite times of the day. Her Daddy can get her laughing like nobody's business. He laughs, makes funny faces, blows raspberries... anything he can think of to get her to laugh... it's ADORABLE.

Bailey is in such a fun stage! She is exploring everything- mostly by putting it into her mouth. This has been really cute, and borderline dangerous at the same time! Her hands, my hands, my clothes, her clothes, toys, books, flip-flops, Betty, anything and everything within her reach. (Including a dirty diaper once... ew ew ew.)

Look how much she's changed!!! Raising a child is truly an amazing experience and I am so grateful and blessed to be able to have such a precious little girl! She is such a blessing!

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